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Allergies
Asthma
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways that periodically causes difficulty in breathing. Asthma is very common in Australia and New Zealand and is becoming more prevalent. Children are particularly susceptible to asthma. Read more
Candida
Candida albicans is a strain of yeast that naturally inhabits the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, respiratory tract and vagina, where it exists in a delicate balance with a number of other organisms. If that balance is disturbed, an overgrowth of candida may occur, resulting in thrush and a wide range of other symptoms. Read more
Excema & Dermatitis
Dermatitis is an itchy, inflammatory skin problem that can have numerous different causes. The condition commonly called eczema is an allergic form of dermatitis, and is known medically as atopic dermatitis. Read more
Psoriasis
Psoriasis is characterised by the accumulation of scaly pink-red or silvery-white patches on the skin, which may or may not be itchy. Read more
Sinusitis
The sinuses are airspaces within the bones of the face (cheeks, forehead and around the eyes). The term sinusitis is used to refer to inflammation in these areas, which is most commonly caused by allergy or infection. Read more
Bones, Joints and Muscles
Circulatory Problems
Circulatory problems can take many forms, and can range from a minor inconvenience (such as cold hands and feet) to cosmetic problems like burst blood vessels, and painful, aching conditions like VARICOSE VEINS. Other situations may be indicative of underlying disease processes (e.g. leg ulcers, Raynaud's disease, intermittent claudication and peripheral arterial disease). Read more
Gout
Gout is a type of arthritis associated with raised blood levels of uric acid. Deposits of uric acid crystals form in the joints, tendons, kidneys and other tissues, causing inflammation and damage. Read more
Headache & Migraine
Headaches affect most of us from time to time, for a variety of reasons. Migraines are a specific form of headache that tend to be severe, and may be associated with Nausea and vomiting, as well as other symptoms. Read more
Muscle Cramps
Cramps occur when a muscle contracts painfully and involuntarily. Read more
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder of the joints and cartilage that becomes more common with age, although it may also affect young people. Joints that are commonly affected include the knees, hips, spine and hands. Osteoarthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, and may reduce mobility. Read more
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory progressive disease that affects the joints, especially the hands, wrists, feet and knees. The inflammation makes the joints stiff, swollen, painful and sometimes misshapen. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the joints and it can potentially lead to irreversible joint destruction and disability. Read more
Seniors Health
As we get older, we become increasingly susceptible to health problems. Many of the conditions that we commonly associate with ageing can be relieved or prevented through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Read more
Children's Health
ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural and developmental disorder that affects 2-5% of children, and may also persist into adulthood. Children with ADHD tend to have short attention spans, making it difficult for them to concentrate and to learn skills such as reading and writing. They may also have difficulty forming relationships. Read more
Asthma
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways that periodically causes difficulty in breathing. Asthma is very common in Australia and New Zealand and is becoming more prevalent. Children are particularly susceptible to asthma. Read more
Colds & Flu
Colds can be caused by any of a large number of viral infections, and normally last 7-10 days. On the other hand, flu is caused by one of the Influenza group of viruses, and tends to last longer than a cold. Read more
Excema & Dermatitis
Dermatitis is an itchy, inflammatory skin problem that can have numerous different causes. The condition commonly called eczema is an allergic form of dermatitis, and is known medically as atopic dermatitis. Read more
Nausea & Vomitting
Feeling nauseous or sick in the stomach is a warning that vomiting may be imminent. In many cases, the queasy feeling occurs alone, and vomiting does not eventuate; it is relatively rare for vomiting to occur without an accompanying feeling of nausea. Read more
Psoriasis
Psoriasis is characterised by the accumulation of scaly pink-red or silvery-white patches on the skin, which may or may not be itchy. Read more
Cough, Cold & Flu
Bronchitis & Coughs
Coughing is the body's method of removing obstructions of the airways. It is commonly a consequence of infections (such as colds and flu), but when more persistent may indicate the presence of bronchitis or other chronic respiratory disease. Infectious bronchitis usually resolves itself within 7-10 days, but may be more serious in children or elderly patients. Read more
Cold Sores
Cold sores are lesions that occur around the lips and nose, starting as blisters and progressing to scabbed sores. They are caused by one of the Herpes family of viruses, and consequently share many features with genital herpes, chicken pox, and shingles. Read more
Colds & Flu
Colds can be caused by any of a large number of viral infections, and normally last 7-10 days. On the other hand, flu is caused by one of the Influenza group of viruses, and tends to last longer than a cold. Read more
Immunity
The immune system prevents infections taking hold, and helps overcome those that do. It also catalogues infectious organisms so that the body is better equipped to fight them if they're ever encountered again. The components of the immune system range from simple barrier defences (for example the tiny hairs and mucus secretions of the nostrils) to sophisticated cells that recognise and engulf invading organisms. Read more
Sinusitis
The sinuses are airspaces within the bones of the face (cheeks, forehead and around the eyes). The term sinusitis is used to refer to inflammation in these areas, which is most commonly caused by allergy or infection. Read more
Digestion
Blood Sugar Problems
Problems of blood sugar imbalance are increasingly common, and are often related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Along with genetic factors and other issues, poor dietary and exercise habits may compromise the body's ability to produce insulin or utilise it effectively. In the long term, many people with blood sugar problems are likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more
Candida
Candida albicans is a strain of yeast that naturally inhabits the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, respiratory tract and vagina, where it exists in a delicate balance with a number of other organisms. If that balance is disturbed, an overgrowth of candida may occur, resulting in thrush and a wide range of other symptoms. Read more
Cholesterol
Cholesterol occurs naturally in the body, and in limited quantities is essential for good health, being required for the production of cell membranes, hormones, bile and vitamin D. High levels of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood can lead to atherosclerosis (the deposition of fatty plaque in the arteries) increasing the risk of poor HEART HEALTH or CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
Constipation
Everyone's bowel functions differently, and opinions about what constitutes 'normal' toilet habits vary widely. However, one certainty is that regular bowel movements are essential for healthy digestion and general health and wellbeing, so if you go to the toilet infrequently or irregularly, or need to strain to pass a bowel motion, it's important to take steps to improve the situation. Read more
Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is characterised by the passing of watery, loose stools and causes the body to lose large amounts of nutrients and fluids. Read more
Flatulence & Bloating
Gas is produced in the bowel as a by-product of the digestion process. If produced in excess quantities and not released, the abdomen can become bloated, distended and taut. Flatulence is the expulsion of gas through the anus, and although sometimes embarrassing, is perfectly normal and healthy. Gas that is produced in excessive quantities or has a particularly foul odour may be an indication that the digestive tract is not functioning optimally, and nutritional and herbal remedies may be able to assist. Read more
Gastritis
Gastritis is the inflammation of the stomach lining. The condition may be acute, with symptoms of Nausea and vomiting and/or DIARRHOEA lasting for a few days (for example due to food poisoning) or chronic (with symptoms that are less severe but more persistent). Read more
Indigestion
Indigestion, heartburn and dyspepsia are terms used to describe pain in the abdomen or chest region that occurs after overeating, eating too quickly, or eating foods that are not easily digested. Read more
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the colon in which peristalsis (the rhythmical wave-like muscular contractions that push the faeces along the bowel) becomes dysfunctional. It may affect as many as 15-30% of Australians. Read more
Nausea & Vomitting
Feeling nauseous or sick in the stomach is a warning that vomiting may be imminent. In many cases, the queasy feeling occurs alone, and vomiting does not eventuate; it is relatively rare for vomiting to occur without an accompanying feeling of nausea. Read more
Sluggish Liver
In addition to its important roles in the digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, the liver helps to maintain CHOLESTEROL and blood sugar levels. It also metabolises toxic substances and enables them to be excreted from the body, so sub-optimal function can have a wide variety of health consequences. Read more
Weight Management
More than 60% of Australians and New Zealanders are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of experiencing a wide range of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessel diseases), type 2 diabetes, OSTEOARTHRITIS, some types of cancer, reproductive problems, and gall bladder disease. As if those weren't enough reasons to take steps to get your weight under control, being overweight or obese can also impact on your energy levels, social life and self-esteem. If you're overweight or obese, losing even a small percentage of your body weight will help you feel better, and will also improve your health prospects. Read more
Energy & Vitality
Anaemia & Iron Deficiency
Oxygen is transported around the body via the red blood cells, where it is a component of haemoglobin. Iron is vital to this process, and inadequate dietary intake of iron is one of several factors that can result in anaemia, a state in which levels of either haemoglobin or the blood cells themselves are abnormally low. Read more
Blood Sugar Problems
Problems of blood sugar imbalance are increasingly common, and are often related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Along with genetic factors and other issues, poor dietary and exercise habits may compromise the body's ability to produce insulin or utilise it effectively. In the long term, many people with blood sugar problems are likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more
Fatigue
Fatigue and low energy may be due to a wide variety of causes, the majority of them related to diet and lifestyle. Adopting better habits often improves energy levels, but overwhelming or persistent fatigue should be professionally investigated to rule out underlying disease. Read more
Stress
We feel stressed when there is a conflict between the demands we face and our ability to cope with them, and especially when we feel that we don't have the time, resources or skills to deal with our commitments and responsibilities, or that factors in our lives are outside of our control. Living or working in an environment that is emotionally or physically challenging may also be a source of stress. Read more
Underactive Thyroid
Thyroid hormones regulate the body's metabolism, so an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) has far-reaching physical effects, even if the under-secretion of thyroid hormones is so minor that it is undetectable in blood tests. More severe thyroid dysfunction can result in severe and even life-threatening health problems. Read more
Eyes & Ears
Eye Strain
Eye strain occurs when the eyes are over-used, resulting in painful, tired eyes. Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Australia and New Zealand. It is a progressive disease caused by the deterioration of a part of the retina called the macula. Read more
Seniors Health
As we get older, we become increasingly susceptible to health problems. Many of the conditions that we commonly associate with ageing can be relieved or prevented through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Read more
Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the term used to describe the sense of ringing in the ears or head, even though no noise is present. It is a fault in the auditory system and can vary in severity depending on the person. Read more
Healthy Ageing
Anaemia & Iron Deficiency
Oxygen is transported around the body via the red blood cells, where it is a component of haemoglobin. Iron is vital to this process, and inadequate dietary intake of iron is one of several factors that can result in anaemia, a state in which levels of either haemoglobin or the blood cells themselves are abnormally low. Read more
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged, interfering with urinary function. Benign prostatic hypertrophy affects around 20% of men aged 41-50, but becomes more common with age, and occurs in over 90% of men over 80 years old. Read more
Cholesterol
Cholesterol occurs naturally in the body, and in limited quantities is essential for good health, being required for the production of cell membranes, hormones, bile and vitamin D. High levels of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood can lead to atherosclerosis (the deposition of fatty plaque in the arteries) increasing the risk of poor HEART HEALTH or CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
Circulatory Problems
Circulatory problems can take many forms, and can range from a minor inconvenience (such as cold hands and feet) to cosmetic problems like burst blood vessels, and painful, aching conditions like VARICOSE VEINS. Other situations may be indicative of underlying disease processes (e.g. leg ulcers, Raynaud's disease, intermittent claudication and peripheral arterial disease). Read more
Dry Skin
Dry skin is more prone to roughness, flakiness and scaling, and can easily become itchy, irritated or cracked. Read more
Eye Strain
Eye strain occurs when the eyes are over-used, resulting in painful, tired eyes. Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Hair & Scalp Health
Like your skin, the condition of your hair is a reflection of your overall state of health. It may also be affected by exposure to the sun, heat and chemicals, and by hereditary or hormonal factors. Read more
Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people, and is a leading cause of death and disability. However in many cases, making more heart-conscious health choices could reduce your risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, HIGH blood pressure, high CHOLESTEROL and CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
High Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is a measure of how much force your heart uses to push the blood around your arteries. It varies according to the activities you're performing and your emotional state, but blood pressure that is consistently higher than normal is referred to as hypertension, and is one of several risk factors that increase the likelihood you'll develop cardiovascular disease. Read more
Immunity
The immune system prevents infections taking hold, and helps overcome those that do. It also catalogues infectious organisms so that the body is better equipped to fight them if they're ever encountered again. The components of the immune system range from simple barrier defences (for example the tiny hairs and mucus secretions of the nostrils) to sophisticated cells that recognise and engulf invading organisms. Read more
Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Australia and New Zealand. It is a progressive disease caused by the deterioration of a part of the retina called the macula. Read more
Memory Problems
All of us forget things or have difficulty paying attention from time to time, but sometimes these issues are symptomatic of underlying health problems. STRESS may be a factor for all of us, and in older people, persistent or progressive forgetfulness may sometimes be a sign of dementia. Read more
Menopause
Menopause is a natural biological transition that involves many changes within the female body, and tends to occur between 44 and 55 years of age, although some women experience it earlier or later than this. The reduced hormone production that marks the end of a woman's fertile years also has implications for the health of the heart, skeleton, skin and other tissues and organs. Read more
Muscle Cramps
Cramps occur when a muscle contracts painfully and involuntarily. Read more
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder of the joints and cartilage that becomes more common with age, although it may also affect young people. Joints that are commonly affected include the knees, hips, spine and hands. Osteoarthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, and may reduce mobility. Read more
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the amount and quality of skeletal bone are reduced, predisposing the bones to fracture. A healthy skeleton undergoes a continual process of bone breakdown and remodelling. In osteoporosis, bone is broken down faster than it is rebuilt, resulting in a decrease in the bone mass and a corresponding fragility of the skeleton. Read more
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory progressive disease that affects the joints, especially the hands, wrists, feet and knees. The inflammation makes the joints stiff, swollen, painful and sometimes misshapen. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the joints and it can potentially lead to irreversible joint destruction and disability. Read more
Seniors Health
As we get older, we become increasingly susceptible to health problems. Many of the conditions that we commonly associate with ageing can be relieved or prevented through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Read more
Sperm Health & Sexual Performance
Men's sexual health issues can be STRESSful to deal with, but in many cases, natural medicines and a healthy diet and lifestyle can help to improve the situation. Read more
Underactive Thyroid
Thyroid hormones regulate the body's metabolism, so an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) has far-reaching physical effects, even if the under-secretion of thyroid hormones is so minor that it is undetectable in blood tests. More severe thyroid dysfunction can result in severe and even life-threatening health problems. Read more
Wounds
Most skin wounds heal naturally and relatively quickly, but severe or infected wounds may take longer to resolve. CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS may also delay wound healing. Read more
Heart & Circulation
Anaemia & Iron Deficiency
Oxygen is transported around the body via the red blood cells, where it is a component of haemoglobin. Iron is vital to this process, and inadequate dietary intake of iron is one of several factors that can result in anaemia, a state in which levels of either haemoglobin or the blood cells themselves are abnormally low. Read more
Cholesterol
Cholesterol occurs naturally in the body, and in limited quantities is essential for good health, being required for the production of cell membranes, hormones, bile and vitamin D. High levels of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood can lead to atherosclerosis (the deposition of fatty plaque in the arteries) increasing the risk of poor HEART HEALTH or CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
Circulatory Problems
Circulatory problems can take many forms, and can range from a minor inconvenience (such as cold hands and feet) to cosmetic problems like burst blood vessels, and painful, aching conditions like VARICOSE VEINS. Other situations may be indicative of underlying disease processes (e.g. leg ulcers, Raynaud's disease, intermittent claudication and peripheral arterial disease). Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people, and is a leading cause of death and disability. However in many cases, making more heart-conscious health choices could reduce your risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, HIGH blood pressure, high CHOLESTEROL and CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
High Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is a measure of how much force your heart uses to push the blood around your arteries. It varies according to the activities you're performing and your emotional state, but blood pressure that is consistently higher than normal is referred to as hypertension, and is one of several risk factors that increase the likelihood you'll develop cardiovascular disease. Read more
Seniors Health
As we get older, we become increasingly susceptible to health problems. Many of the conditions that we commonly associate with ageing can be relieved or prevented through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Read more
Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the term used to describe the sense of ringing in the ears or head, even though no noise is present. It is a fault in the auditory system and can vary in severity depending on the person. Read more
Varicose Veins
Varicose veins become increasingly common as we get older, and are a visible reminder of the changes that occur in our circulatory system as we age. Although unsightly, they are not always painful. Read more
Infections & Immune
Acne
The term acne is used to describe pimples, blackheads, white heads and cysts. These lesions are most problematic during the teenage years, but may also persist into adulthood. Read more
Bronchitis & Coughs
Coughing is the body's method of removing obstructions of the airways. It is commonly a consequence of infections (such as colds and flu), but when more persistent may indicate the presence of bronchitis or other chronic respiratory disease. Infectious bronchitis usually resolves itself within 7-10 days, but may be more serious in children or elderly patients. Read more
Candida
Candida albicans is a strain of yeast that naturally inhabits the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, respiratory tract and vagina, where it exists in a delicate balance with a number of other organisms. If that balance is disturbed, an overgrowth of candida may occur, resulting in thrush and a wide range of other symptoms. Read more
Cold Sores
Cold sores are lesions that occur around the lips and nose, starting as blisters and progressing to scabbed sores. They are caused by one of the Herpes family of viruses, and consequently share many features with genital herpes, chicken pox, and shingles. Read more
Colds & Flu
Colds can be caused by any of a large number of viral infections, and normally last 7-10 days. On the other hand, flu is caused by one of the Influenza group of viruses, and tends to last longer than a cold. Read more
Cystitis & Urinary Tract Infections
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by an infectious organism (such as the bacteria E. coli) travelling up the urethra and attaching itself to the mucous membranes lining the bladder. It is more common in women than men, and in some cases can occur repeatedly, or progress into infection elsewhere in the urinary tract, such as the kidneys. Read more
Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is characterised by the passing of watery, loose stools and causes the body to lose large amounts of nutrients and fluids. Read more
Gastritis
Gastritis is the inflammation of the stomach lining. The condition may be acute, with symptoms of Nausea and vomiting and/or DIARRHOEA lasting for a few days (for example due to food poisoning) or chronic (with symptoms that are less severe but more persistent). Read more
Immunity
The immune system prevents infections taking hold, and helps overcome those that do. It also catalogues infectious organisms so that the body is better equipped to fight them if they're ever encountered again. The components of the immune system range from simple barrier defences (for example the tiny hairs and mucus secretions of the nostrils) to sophisticated cells that recognise and engulf invading organisms. Read more
Sinusitis
The sinuses are airspaces within the bones of the face (cheeks, forehead and around the eyes). The term sinusitis is used to refer to inflammation in these areas, which is most commonly caused by allergy or infection. Read more
Wounds
Most skin wounds heal naturally and relatively quickly, but severe or infected wounds may take longer to resolve. CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS may also delay wound healing. Read more
Memory & Concentration
ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural and developmental disorder that affects 2-5% of children, and may also persist into adulthood. Children with ADHD tend to have short attention spans, making it difficult for them to concentrate and to learn skills such as reading and writing. They may also have difficulty forming relationships. Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Memory Problems
All of us forget things or have difficulty paying attention from time to time, but sometimes these issues are symptomatic of underlying health problems. STRESS may be a factor for all of us, and in older people, persistent or progressive forgetfulness may sometimes be a sign of dementia. Read more
Seniors Health
As we get older, we become increasingly susceptible to health problems. Many of the conditions that we commonly associate with ageing can be relieved or prevented through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Read more
Men's Health
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged, interfering with urinary function. Benign prostatic hypertrophy affects around 20% of men aged 41-50, but becomes more common with age, and occurs in over 90% of men over 80 years old. Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Gout
Gout is a type of arthritis associated with raised blood levels of uric acid. Deposits of uric acid crystals form in the joints, tendons, kidneys and other tissues, causing inflammation and damage. Read more
Hair & Scalp Health
Like your skin, the condition of your hair is a reflection of your overall state of health. It may also be affected by exposure to the sun, heat and chemicals, and by hereditary or hormonal factors. Read more
Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people, and is a leading cause of death and disability. However in many cases, making more heart-conscious health choices could reduce your risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, HIGH blood pressure, high CHOLESTEROL and CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
Sperm Health & Sexual Performance
Men's sexual health issues can be STRESSful to deal with, but in many cases, natural medicines and a healthy diet and lifestyle can help to improve the situation. Read more
Pain Management
Gout
Gout is a type of arthritis associated with raised blood levels of uric acid. Deposits of uric acid crystals form in the joints, tendons, kidneys and other tissues, causing inflammation and damage. Read more
Headache & Migraine
Headaches affect most of us from time to time, for a variety of reasons. Migraines are a specific form of headache that tend to be severe, and may be associated with Nausea and vomiting, as well as other symptoms. Read more
Muscle Cramps
Cramps occur when a muscle contracts painfully and involuntarily. Read more
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder of the joints and cartilage that becomes more common with age, although it may also affect young people. Joints that are commonly affected include the knees, hips, spine and hands. Osteoarthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, and may reduce mobility. Read more
Period Pain
Period pain, also known as dysmenorrhoea, may occur as part of the premenstrual syndrome, or may be symptomatic of other reproductive disorders, such as endometriosis. Read more
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory progressive disease that affects the joints, especially the hands, wrists, feet and knees. The inflammation makes the joints stiff, swollen, painful and sometimes misshapen. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the joints and it can potentially lead to irreversible joint destruction and disability. Read more
Pregnancy
Anaemia & Iron Deficiency
Oxygen is transported around the body via the red blood cells, where it is a component of haemoglobin. Iron is vital to this process, and inadequate dietary intake of iron is one of several factors that can result in anaemia, a state in which levels of either haemoglobin or the blood cells themselves are abnormally low. Read more
Fluid Retention
Fluid retention or oedema is the accumulation of fluid in the spaces between the cells in the soft tissue of the body. Fluid retention is often a problem during the late stages of pregnancy and may also be a symptom of premenstrual syndrome or cardiovascular disease. Read more
Nausea & Vomitting
Feeling nauseous or sick in the stomach is a warning that vomiting may be imminent. In many cases, the queasy feeling occurs alone, and vomiting does not eventuate; it is relatively rare for vomiting to occur without an accompanying feeling of nausea. Read more
Pregnancy Health
Pregnancy is a precious time, when mothers-to-be should be particularly careful about looking after themselves, and thoughtful about the foods and medicines they put into their bodies. Good nutrition is vital to your own health and that of your baby, and can also help to overcome some of the minor health problems you may encounter along the way. Read more
Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are wavy stripes appearing in the skin of the abdomen, buttocks, breasts or thighs. Read more
Varicose Veins
Varicose veins become increasingly common as we get older, and are a visible reminder of the changes that occur in our circulatory system as we age. Although unsightly, they are not always painful. Read more
Skin, Hair & Nails
Acne
The term acne is used to describe pimples, blackheads, white heads and cysts. These lesions are most problematic during the teenage years, but may also persist into adulthood. Read more
Cold Sores
Cold sores are lesions that occur around the lips and nose, starting as blisters and progressing to scabbed sores. They are caused by one of the Herpes family of viruses, and consequently share many features with genital herpes, chicken pox, and shingles. Read more
Dry Skin
Dry skin is more prone to roughness, flakiness and scaling, and can easily become itchy, irritated or cracked. Read more
Eczema & Dermatitis
Dermatitis is an itchy, inflammatory skin problem that can have numerous different causes. The condition commonly called eczema is an allergic form of dermatitis, and is known medically as atopic dermatitis. Read more
Hair & Scalp Health
Like your skin, the condition of your hair is a reflection of your overall state of health. It may also be affected by exposure to the sun, heat and chemicals, and by hereditary or hormonal factors. Read more
Nail Problems
Like your hair, the condition of your nails is a reflection of your nutritional status. They may also be affected by exposure to chemicals, and in some cases by underlying health problems. Read more
Psoriasis
Psoriasis is characterised by the accumulation of scaly pink-red or silvery-white patches on the skin, which may or may not be itchy. Read more
Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are wavy stripes appearing in the skin of the abdomen, buttocks, breasts or thighs. Read more
Wounds
Most skin wounds heal naturally and relatively quickly, but severe or infected wounds may take longer to resolve. CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS may also delay wound healing. Read more
Sleep, Stress & Anxiety
Anxiety
Everyone worries from time to time, but if your level of STRESS or fear is greater than warranted by the circumstances, anxiety may be a problem for you. Read more
Depression
Depression is a serious illness that is far more common than most people think, affecting about 20% of us at some stage in our lives. If you suffer from depression, there's no need to be embarrassed or ashamed. Help is available, and the first step to turning things around is to consult your healthcare professional. Read more
Fatigue
Fatigue and low energy may be due to a wide variety of causes, the majority of them related to diet and lifestyle. Adopting better habits often improves energy levels, but overwhelming or persistent fatigue should be professionally investigated to rule out underlying disease. Read more
Headache & Migraine
Headaches affect most of us from time to time, for a variety of reasons. Migraines are a specific form of headache that tend to be severe, and may be associated with Nausea and vomiting, as well as other symptoms. Read more
Insomnia
Some people need less sleep than others, and can function effectively on as little as 4-5 hours per night, but the majority of us need 7-8 hours sleep in order to feel rested and energised. Although everybody's sleeping habits are different, most people agree that it's difficult to function effectively if you haven't slept well. Read more
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual tension (PMT) are terms used to describe a group of physical and emotional symptoms that many women experience in the days leading up to their menstrual period. The symptoms vary, but one common feature is that they disappear once the period starts. Read more
Stress
We feel stressed when there is a conflict between the demands we face and our ability to cope with them, and especially when we feel that we don't have the time, resources or skills to deal with our commitments and responsibilities, or that factors in our lives are outside of our control. Living or working in an environment that is emotionally or physically challenging may also be a source of stress. Read more
Urinary
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged, interfering with urinary function. Benign prostatic hypertrophy affects around 20% of men aged 41-50, but becomes more common with age, and occurs in over 90% of men over 80 years old. Read more
Cystitis & Urinary Tract Infections
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by an infectious organism (such as the bacteria E. coli) travelling up the urethra and attaching itself to the mucous membranes lining the bladder. It is more common in women than men, and in some cases can occur repeatedly, or progress into infection elsewhere in the urinary tract, such as the kidneys. Read more
Fluid Retention
Fluid retention or oedema is the accumulation of fluid in the spaces between the cells in the soft tissue of the body. Fluid retention is often a problem during the late stages of pregnancy and may also be a symptom of premenstrual syndrome or cardiovascular disease. Read more
Weight & Blood Sugar Management
Blood Sugar Problems
Problems of blood sugar imbalance are increasingly common, and are often related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Along with genetic factors and other issues, poor dietary and exercise habits may compromise the body's ability to produce insulin or utilise it effectively. In the long term, many people with blood sugar problems are likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people, and is a leading cause of death and disability. However in many cases, making more heart-conscious health choices could reduce your risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, HIGH blood pressure, high CHOLESTEROL and CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
Sluggish Liver
In addition to its important roles in the digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, the liver helps to maintain CHOLESTEROL and blood sugar levels. It also metabolises toxic substances and enables them to be excreted from the body, so sub-optimal function can have a wide variety of health consequences. Read more
Underactive Thyroid
Thyroid hormones regulate the body's metabolism, so an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) has far-reaching physical effects, even if the under-secretion of thyroid hormones is so minor that it is undetectable in blood tests. More severe thyroid dysfunction can result in severe and even life-threatening health problems. Read more
Weight Management
More than 60% of Australians and New Zealanders are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of experiencing a wide range of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessel diseases), type 2 diabetes, OSTEOARTHRITIS, some types of cancer, reproductive problems, and gall bladder disease. As if those weren't enough reasons to take steps to get your weight under control, being overweight or obese can also impact on your energy levels, social life and self-esteem. If you're overweight or obese, losing even a small percentage of your body weight will help you feel better, and will also improve your health prospects. Read more
Women's Health
Anaemia & Iron Deficiency
Oxygen is transported around the body via the red blood cells, where it is a component of haemoglobin. Iron is vital to this process, and inadequate dietary intake of iron is one of several factors that can result in anaemia, a state in which levels of either haemoglobin or the blood cells themselves are abnormally low. Read more
Candida
Candida albicans is a strain of yeast that naturally inhabits the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, respiratory tract and vagina, where it exists in a delicate balance with a number of other organisms. If that balance is disturbed, an overgrowth of candida may occur, resulting in thrush and a wide range of other symptoms. Read more
Cystitis & Urinary Tract Infections
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by an infectious organism (such as the bacteria E. coli) travelling up the urethra and attaching itself to the mucous membranes lining the bladder. It is more common in women than men, and in some cases can occur repeatedly, or progress into infection elsewhere in the urinary tract, such as the kidneys. Read more
Dry Skin
Dry skin is more prone to roughness, flakiness and scaling, and can easily become itchy, irritated or cracked. Read more
Fluid Retention
Fluid retention or oedema is the accumulation of fluid in the spaces between the cells in the soft tissue of the body. Fluid retention is often a problem during the late stages of pregnancy and may also be a symptom of premenstrual syndrome or cardiovascular disease. Read more
Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are molecules that are unstable or volatile, and consequently have the capacity to damage tissues that they come into contact with. Free radical damage to cells and the structures they form is believed to contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases associated with ageing. Antioxidants are compounds that restore balance to free radicals, making them more stable, and limiting the damage they cause. Read more
Hair & Scalp Health
Like your skin, the condition of your hair is a reflection of your overall state of health. It may also be affected by exposure to the sun, heat and chemicals, and by hereditary or hormonal factors. Read more
Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people, and is a leading cause of death and disability. However in many cases, making more heart-conscious health choices could reduce your risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, HIGH blood pressure, high CHOLESTEROL and CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. Read more
Menopause
Menopause is a natural biological transition that involves many changes within the female body, and tends to occur between 44 and 55 years of age, although some women experience it earlier or later than this. The reduced hormone production that marks the end of a woman's fertile years also has implications for the health of the heart, skeleton, skin and other tissues and organs. Read more
Nail Problems
Like your hair, the condition of your nails is a reflection of your nutritional status. They may also be affected by exposure to chemicals, and in some cases by underlying health problems. Read more
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the amount and quality of skeletal bone are reduced, predisposing the bones to fracture. A healthy skeleton undergoes a continual process of bone breakdown and remodelling. In osteoporosis, bone is broken down faster than it is rebuilt, resulting in a decrease in the bone mass and a corresponding fragility of the skeleton. Read more
Period Pain
Period pain, also known as dysmenorrhoea, may occur as part of the premenstrual syndrome, or may be symptomatic of other reproductive disorders, such as endometriosis. Read more
Pregnancy Health
Pregnancy is a precious time, when mothers-to-be should be particularly careful about looking after themselves, and thoughtful about the foods and medicines they put into their bodies. Good nutrition is vital to your own health and that of your baby, and can also help to overcome some of the minor health problems you may encounter along the way. Read more
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual tension (PMT) are terms used to describe a group of physical and emotional symptoms that many women experience in the days leading up to their menstrual period. The symptoms vary, but one common feature is that they disappear once the period starts. Read more
Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are wavy stripes appearing in the skin of the abdomen, buttocks, breasts or thighs. Read more
Underactive Thyroid
Thyroid hormones regulate the body's metabolism, so an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) has far-reaching physical effects, even if the under-secretion of thyroid hormones is so minor that it is undetectable in blood tests. More severe thyroid dysfunction can result in severe and even life-threatening health problems. Read more
Varicose Veins
Varicose veins become increasingly common as we get older, and are a visible reminder of the changes that occur in our circulatory system as we age. Although unsightly, they are not always painful. Read more

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